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There seem to be at least two kinds of rudder shoe on Bristol 24s. One is bronze, but I don't know whether that is original equipment. The other is molded into the hull and has a captive pin that fits up into a recess on the bottom of the rudder. So it seems that in order to drop the rudder it will be necessary to uncover the bottom of the pin and both ends of the bolt that holds the pin in place.
Did your guy have any trouble getting the stuffing box apart? Mine was a bear.
The pin is accessed from the side of the rudder shoe. There is a cross bolt that passes thru each side of the rudder shoe and thru a hole in the base of the pin. Sand down each side of the rudder shoe and you will see the head of the bolt. Go from there. Remove the bolt and the pin will lift up as you lift up the rudder. You may have to turn the rudder blade all the way to port or starboard to get it up high enough.
Good luck with it,
Restoring a 1971 bristol 29
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Last edited by FloridaWriter; 02-02-2010 at 10:28 PM.